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NEWS | Premier Inn appoints Rajeev Babbar as VP Finance & Planning, South Asia



UK based budget hotel chain and part of Whitbread PLC Premier Inn, which has a strong presence in the country, announced the appointment of Rajeev Babbar as Vice President – Finance & Planning, South Asia (India, Sri Lanka and Maldives). As a key member of Premier Inn’s executive team, Rajeev will facilitate the company’s continued growth and success by optimizing capital structures, raising capital, and improving and enhancing the company’s financial growth. Rajeev brings with him substantial expertise,

NEWS |Carlson Rezidor to focus on Park Inn by Radisson and Country Inn & Suites for expansion



Carlson Rezidor Group which plans to have more than 100 hotels in its portfolio by 2015 in the country will focus on its Park Inn by Radisson and Country Inn & Suites brands for expansion. The company, which is introducing its Park Inn by Radisson brand this year, will launch 13 hotels in the country in 2013.

NEWS | Scott M. Hermiston has been appointed Director of Sales at Jumeirah Carlton Tower in London, United Kingdom.

Scott M. Hermiston


An experienced professional in the corporate sales and hospitality sector, Scott brings strong leadership and event skills to his new role. A British national, Scott is looking forward to settling into his new position where he will be managing and directing the corporate and events business for both Jumeirah Carlton Tower and the neighbouring Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel. Prior to joining Jumeirah, Scott gained invaluable experience as Director of Sales at Apex Hotels Ltd. His success in this role and his wealth of experience across a variety of other hotel groups including Scotland’s Crieff Hydro Hotel,

JOBS | Jacky Tresch has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at Hotel Royal Savoy in Lausanne, Switzerland.


Jacky Tresch

International hotel expert Jacky Tresch is the new Director of Sales and Marketing at the five-star Hotel Royal Savoy in Lausanne. The multifunctional 200-room establishment will be welcoming a local as well as an international clientele from 2014.

NEWS | C. Scott Rohm has been appointed President at SH Group in New York - NY, United States.


C. Scott Rohm

Starwood Capital Group announces C. Scott Rohm as President of SH Group, Starwood Capital’s hotel brand management company that oversees the development and launch of the group’s two new luxury and lifestyle hotel and residence brands, Baccarat Hotels and 1 Hotels & Resorts. In this role, Rohm will oversee the operations of the SH Group managed hotels, including development, operations, sales, finance & accounting, and human resources. The appointment of Rohm is an important step in preparation for the launch of the two hotel brands, including the initial five hotel openings scheduled over the next twenty-four months: Baccarat Hotel & Residences New York, NY,

NEWS | Ascott Entrenches Presence In Vietnam’s Key Cities


Ascott Entrenches Presence In Vietnam’s Key Cities

Somerset Vista Ho Chi Minh City

Somerset West Central Hanoi

CapitaLand’s wholly-owned serviced residence business unit, The Ascott Limited (Ascott), has won a contract to manage another serviced residence in Hanoi, Vietnam. The 252-unit Somerset West Central Hanoi will open in 2016. The contract follows the recent opening of the 100-unit Somerset Vista in Ho Chi Minh City. Together, these reinforce Singapore-based Ascott’s position as the largest international serviced residence owner-operator in Vietnam with over 1,800 apartment units across 13 properties in four cities – Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Hai Phong and Danang. Mr Alfred Ong,

NEWS | Marriott To Double In Size In Thailand: Signs Landmark Deal With TCC Hotels Group For Seven Hotels


Marriott To Double In Size In Thailand: Signs Landmark Deal With TCC Hotels Group For Seven Hotels

BETHESDA, Md. and BANGKOK -- Marriott International today announced the signing of seven management agreements with TCC Hotels Group which will see the US hospitality company operating seven TCC hotels across Thailand. These agreements make the TCC Hotels Group the largest owner of Marriott International hotels in Asia Pacific. The seven hotels are: The Imperial Queen's Park Hotel,

NEWS | DoubleTree by Hilton Welcomes its First Guests in Ireland


DoubleTree by Hilton Welcomes its First Guests in Ireland

Ireland’s first DoubleTree by Hilton hotel opened its doors today, bringing one of Europe’s fastest growing upscale hotel brands to the Emerald Isle. A thoughtful and contemporary renovation of the Morrison hotel, in partnership with operators Martinez Hotels & Resorts, has seen the property’s 138 rooms and suites completely re-designed with a brand new concept centred on music and sound. Overseen by Dublin-based Nikki O’Donnell,

NEWS | Hyatt Executes on Growth Strategy with Four Hotels in France




Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) today announced that a Hyatt affiliate has signed management agreements with affiliates of Constellation Hotels Holding Ltd., adding four hotels in France and more than doubling the number of Hyatt locations in the country. The agreements will enable Hyatt to establish and enhance brand representation in highly visible locations in some of Europe’s key high-barrier-to-entry markets,

JOBS | Chinese chef (,COMMI I & II Level)

Requirement on urgent basis
Chinese chef (,COMMI I & II Level)
(with some exp in same field)
Hotel Name:Park Plaza

JOBS | Front office Associate

Requirement on urgent basis for the followings positions

Chinese chef (,COMMI I & II Level)
Front office Associate (with some exp in same field)
Hotel Name: Park Plaza
Location: Jodhpur (Sarovar Group of Hotels)

Contact No:09782001707
Email: hr@parkplazajodhpur.com.

JOBS | Marcom Manager




Hote Name:Park Hyatt Chennai
Designation:Marcom Manager(Department Head).
Contact Email: tincy.anne@hyatt.com


Cook Up Your Menu Card!

A way back in time, People from all walks of life come to enjoy simple, yet tasty food of Iranian cafes at Mumbai. In these restaurants there was nothing called as “Menu Cards.” Menu meant some words scribbled on a blackboard that hung somewhere close to the manager’s desk or a speech coming out from the waiter’s mouth at lightning speed.

But these food joints never ever felt the need of having the menu card in a physical form. Today, Menu card means a handcrafted booklet with exotic sounding dishes. And this is not enough, hoteliers have tapped engineering and coined out a new term “Menu Engineering”.
Its obvious that your Chef would know roughly the cost of the dish, but will he actually be able to say how the dish would contribute to revenue generated from sales? Heres’s where menu engineering comes to rescue.

The psychology of menu engineering says that the description of the dishes in the menu card as well as the font color is as important as the recipe or ingredient of the dish. “ Indian Burger which is stuffed with potato balls evenly coated with a mixture of gram flour and spices, deep fried in oil. Its served with a smear of hot and spicy exotic garlic chutney” Any guesses??? No, I am not talking about any continental stuff. I am simply talking about our humble “Vada Pao”!!! Some restaurateurs feel that prefixing “Rs.” Or ` to the price of dishes is not a very good idea as that reminds people of price The guest will look for the cheapest item. Only writing “40.00” is sufficient.

Menu Engineering analyses your customers exact point of resistance to spend as well as gauges which of the items are best sellers. Likewise, it also analyses which items are grabbing your money and time but are failing to be a reason for profit. Menu Engineering, like an advisor, tells you which item needs to be retained in the menu card, which item needs to be advertised more and which items you can’t do without. You can also forecast future sales profitability and take note of sales trends that can be applied in planning your menus. Once forecasted, menu engineering helps in building strategies to improve menu pricing, re-evaluating menu layout and positioning. So, what could be simpler than a system like menu engineering that allows you to classify all your menu items and scientifically decide what to do?

Today there are software’s available to calculate necessary information. Some are specifically designed for Menu Engineering as a stand alone product. Many F&B software’s have a feature of providing Menu Engineering reports. Hence, the problem doesn’t actually lie in getting your math’s right. Menu engineering has now been used in Food and Beverage industry since a long now. It is important to note that, like other management approaches, it is not something that can simply be purchased. Success depends on the right mix of products and services, and of course the necessary expertise. In the end, a well-implemented approach for menu engineering can be a significant way to improve food and beverage profitability.

Compel Consultancy’s bar management software “ Cocktail World” comes with a smart option of menu engineering in order to ease your F&B operations.


Rachna Iyer is working at Compel Consultancy as Manager- Corporate Communication. She manages the company's website along with the Company’s social media presence in the corporate world. Get in touch with her on rachnaiyer@compelconsultancy.com